Jonas Hellborg is a Swedish bass guitarist. He has collaborated with John McLaughlin, Ustad Sultan Khan, Fazal Qureshi, Bill Laswell, Shawn Lane, Jens Johansson, Anders Johansson, Ginger Baker, Michael Shrieve, V. Selvaganesh, Jeff Sipe, Mattias IA Eklundh, Public Image Ltd, Buckethead. Hellborg began his music career in 1976 in Sweden touring with local rock acts, he was spotted by percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah in a small club in Stockholm 1979 and he moved to London for a year to work with Reebop on different projects. He played the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland in 1981 and met Michael Brecker who introduced him to John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham and other fusion stars, he was asked to join McLaughlin's reformed Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1983. He stayed with McLaughlin until 1988, recording with Mahavishnu Orchestra, he did several duet tours with McLaughlin during this time. In 1986 and 1987 he toured with a project featuring Ginger Baker on drums and Bernie Worrell on keyboards. In 1988 Hellborg moved to New York and started his own band which first included keyboardist Aydin Esen and drummer Kenwood Dennard, the Johansson Brothers, Jens on keyboards and Anders on drums.
He started a recording studio together with producer/bassist Bill Laswell called Greenpoint Studios. They recorded a multitude of records there until early 1993, including The Word together with Tony Williams, Octave of the Holy Innocents with Mike Shrieve and Buckethead, Material's Hallucination Engine, E with the Johansson Brothers. In 1993 he resettled in Paris, France; the following year he teamed up with a cooperation that would last nine years. The first record was Abstract Logic with Ginger Baker's son Kofi on drums. By the third record they were joined by drummer Jeff Sipe and embarked on a long stretch that produced four records and a lot of touring between 1995 and 1997. In 1998 Hellborg met percussionist V. Selvaganesh at a Zakir Hussain concert in Paris; the two formed a long lasting musical partnership, ongoing since then. To start with, Selvaganesh joined Hellborg in duets and in different "classical" settings Hellborg was working on at the time. A group was formed, first in trio with Lane a quintet including Selvaganesh's 2 brothers V. Umashankar and V. Umamahesh.
Two CDs and a DVD were produced with this group. After Shawn Lane's death in 2003, Hellborg has continued to explore amalgamations of Indian and Western music, working with Indian masters as Debashish Bhattacharya, Niladri Kumar, Vikku Vinayakram, Tanmoy Bose and U. Shrinivas, he has started a new metal-fusion project with guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh called Art Metal. Hellborg founded his own record label Day Eight Music in 1979 releasing his first solo bass record The Bassic Thing – an early showcase of his pioneering chordal, for the time advanced, slapping approaches, it was the first LP to feature bass guitar. With the move to the US, a new entity was formed, called Bardo Music, that took over the responsibilities of Hellborg's output, now counting around 40 releases. Hellborg has been involved in instrument design from early in his career, his work includes a signature model for Aria, the first biamped bass amplifier, a double neck bass and fretless, for British company Wal in 1983, and, in 1984, an acoustic bass in collaboration with master luthier Abraham Wechter.
After working with a half dozen other companies with signature models and inventions he, together with the German manufacturer Warwick, created a new bass and a high end line of bass amplification. Hellborg published two books in the early 80s with Music Sales of London, one on slap bass called Thumb Bassics, a chord book called Chord Bassics; as a teenager Hellborg appeared as an actor in the TV series Hem till byn, a popular dramatic series inspired by everyday life in Sweden, in which Jonas's mother, actress Tove Waltenburg, played one of the main characters. He appeared in the first three seasons, in 1971, 1973 and 1976, as well as in one episode in season four, where his character has become a famous bass player. According to IMDb, playing Anders Persson in Hem till Byn is his only acting credit; as band leaderThe Bassic Thing, Day Eight Music Dreamland, Day Eight Music Elegant Punk, Day Eight Music Axis, Day Eight Music Bass, Day Eight Music Adfa, Day Eight Music The Silent Life, Day Eight Music Jonas Hellborg Group, Day Eight Music Jonas Hellborg Group E, Day Eight Music The Word, Axiom Ars Moriende, Day Eight Music Abstract Logic, Bardo Octave of the Holy Innocents, Day Eight Music Temporal Analogues of Paradise, Bardo Time Is the Enemy, Bardo Aram of the Two Rivers, Bardo Zenhouse, Bardo Good People in Times of Evil, Bardo Personae, Bardo Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering, Bardo Paris, Bardo Kali's Son, Bardo Art Metal, Bardo The Jazz Raj, BardoWith The Mahavishnu OrchestraMahavishnu, Warner Bros.
Adventures in Radioland, RelativityWith DeadlineDissident, Day Eight Music Down by Law, CellWith Michael Joseph SmithFaces, Day Eight Music All our steps, Day Eight MusicWith Michael ShrieveTwo Doors, CMP, with Shawn Lane THE LEAVING TIME, NOVUS/BMGWith Public Image LtdAlbum, VirginWith Trilok GurtuUsfret, CMPWith Sultan Khan and Fazal QureshiFriends Across Boundaries, Ninaad MusicWith Ginger BakerUnseen Rain, Day Eight Music Middle Passage, AxiomWith Kollekti
The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings; the word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the early 1700s versions of the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano. The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate "soft" and "loud" in this context referring to the variations in volume produced in response to a pianist's touch or pressure on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, the louder the sound of the note produced and the stronger the attack; the name was created as a contrast to harpsichord, a musical instrument that doesn't allow variation in volume. The first fortepianos in the 1700s had smaller dynamic range.
An acoustic piano has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings, which are strung under great tension on a heavy metal frame. Pressing one or more keys on the piano's keyboard causes a padded hammer to strike the strings; the hammer rebounds from the strings, the strings continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a soundboard that amplifies by more efficiently coupling the acoustic energy to the air; when the key is released, a damper stops the strings' vibration, ending the sound. Notes can be sustained when the keys are released by the fingers and thumbs, by the use of pedals at the base of the instrument; the sustain pedal enables pianists to play musical passages that would otherwise be impossible, such as sounding a 10-note chord in the lower register and while this chord is being continued with the sustain pedal, shifting both hands to the treble range to play a melody and arpeggios over the top of this sustained chord.
Unlike the pipe organ and harpsichord, two major keyboard instruments used before the piano, the piano allows gradations of volume and tone according to how forcefully a performer presses or strikes the keys. Most modern pianos have a row of 88 black and white keys, 52 white keys for the notes of the C major scale and 36 shorter black keys, which are raised above the white keys, set further back on the keyboard; this means that the piano can play 88 different pitches, going from the deepest bass range to the highest treble. The black keys are for the "accidentals". More some pianos have additional keys. Most notes have three strings, except for the bass; the strings are sounded when keys are pressed or struck, silenced by dampers when the hands are lifted from the keyboard. Although an acoustic piano has strings, it is classified as a percussion instrument rather than as a stringed instrument, because the strings are struck rather than plucked. There are two main types of piano: the upright piano.
The grand piano is used for Classical solos, chamber music, art song, it is used in jazz and pop concerts. The upright piano, more compact, is the most popular type, as it is a better size for use in private homes for domestic music-making and practice. During the 1800s, influenced by the musical trends of the Romantic music era, innovations such as the cast iron frame and aliquot stringing gave grand pianos a more powerful sound, with a longer sustain and richer tone. In the nineteenth century, a family's piano played the same role that a radio or phonograph played in the twentieth century. During the nineteenth century, music publishers produced many musical works in arrangements for piano, so that music lovers could play and hear the popular pieces of the day in their home; the piano is employed in classical, jazz and popular music for solo and ensemble performances and for composing and rehearsals. Although the piano is heavy and thus not portable and is expensive, its musical versatility, the large number of musicians and amateurs trained in playing it, its wide availability in performance venues and rehearsal spaces have made it one of the Western world's most familiar musical instruments.
With technological advances, amplified electric pianos, electronic pianos, digital pianos have been developed. The electric piano became a popular instrument in the 1960s and 1970s genres of jazz fusion, funk music and rock music; the piano was founded on earlier technological innovations in keyboard instruments. Pipe organs have been used since Antiquity, as such, the development of pipe organs enabled instrument builders to learn about creating keyboard mechanisms for sounding pitches; the first string instruments with struck strings were the hammered dul
Threshold is the sixth studio album by the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall. It was released on different dates for different countries. On October 18 2006 in Sweden on October 20 in Europe followed by France and the UK on October 23 and in the United States on October 31; the album entered the Swedish charts at number one. This was the band's first No. 1 since Renegade in 2000. It is the last HammerFall studio album with the guitarist Stefan Elmgren and the bass guitarist Magnus Rosén, as Rosén left the band in 2007 and Elmgren left in 2008; the cover artwork was created by Samwise Didier. The guitar solo of "Howlin' with the'Pac" is a reworked version of the one from "Hearts on Fire"; as with several songs on the previous album, the song "Dark Wings, Dark Words" is inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire. The song "Titan" seems to be inspired by the 2000 animated film, Titan A. E.. Joacim Cans - lead & backing vocals Oscar Dronjak - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals, keyboards programming Stefan Elmgren - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals, keyboards programming Magnus Rosén - bass Anders Johansson - drums Backing vocals by: Oliver Hartmann Rolf Köhler Olaf Zenkbiel Mats Rendlert Joacim Lundberg Markus Sköld Johan Aremyr Sweden: #1 Germany: #15 Austria: #30 Switzerland: #32 France: #192 The song "Natural High" was made into a music video depicting Hector the Knight battling vampires in a decrepit castle.
The video itself is a montage alternating between the band and the action, shot in live-action and complemented with CGI. The song "The Fire Burns Forever" was made into a music video; the band recorded it with some of the Swedish participants in the European Athletics Championships. The song "The Fire Burns Forever" was released as a single and only available as a download between August 6 and September 6 of 2006 at the iTunes music store and Nuclear Blast Musicshop. Hammerfall and the athletes performed "The Fire Burns Forever" at the official opening of the Championships on August 6 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lyrics at Darklyrics Official HammerFall website Album Information
Sweden the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres, Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre; the highest concentration is in the southern half of the country. Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats and Swedes and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia; the climate is in general mild for its northerly latitude due to significant maritime influence, that in spite of this still retains warm continental summers.
Today, the sovereign state of Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with a monarch as head of state, like its neighbour Norway. The capital city is Stockholm, the most populous city in the country. Legislative power is vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag. Executive power is exercised by the government chaired by the prime minister. Sweden is a unitary state divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. An independent Swedish state emerged during the early 12th century. After the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century killed about a third of the Scandinavian population, the Hanseatic League threatened Scandinavia's culture and languages; this led to the forming of the Scandinavian Kalmar Union in 1397, which Sweden left in 1523. When Sweden became involved in the Thirty Years War on the Reformist side, an expansion of its territories began and the Swedish Empire was formed; this became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century. Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, ending with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809.
The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union. Since Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs; the union with Norway was peacefully dissolved in 1905. Sweden was formally neutral through both world wars and the Cold War, albeit Sweden has since 2009 moved towards cooperation with NATO. After the end of the Cold War, Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995, but declined NATO membership, as well as Eurozone membership following a referendum, it is a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens, it has the world's eleventh-highest per capita income and ranks in numerous metrics of national performance, including quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality and human development.
The name Sweden was loaned from Dutch in the 17th century to refer to Sweden as an emerging great power. Before Sweden's imperial expansion, Early Modern English used Swedeland. Sweden is derived through back-formation from Old English Swēoþēod, which meant "people of the Swedes"; this word is derived from Sweon/Sweonas. The Swedish name Sverige means "realm of the Swedes", excluding the Geats in Götaland. Variations of the name Sweden are used in most languages, with the exception of Danish and Norwegian using Sverige, Faroese Svøríki, Icelandic Svíþjóð, the more notable exception of some Finnic languages where Ruotsi and Rootsi are used, names considered as referring to the people from the coastal areas of Roslagen, who were known as the Rus', through them etymologically related to the English name for Russia; the etymology of Swedes, thus Sweden, is not agreed upon but may derive from Proto-Germanic Swihoniz meaning "one's own", referring to one's own Germanic tribe. Sweden's prehistory begins in the Allerød oscillation, a warm period around 12,000 BC, with Late Palaeolithic reindeer-hunting camps of the Bromme culture at the edge of the ice in what is now the country's southernmost province, Scania.
This period was characterised by small bands of hunter-gatherer-fishers using flint technology. Sweden is first described in a written source in Germania by Tacitus in 98 AD. In Germania 44 and 45 he mentions the Swedes as a powerful tribe with ships that had a prow at each end. Which kings ruled these Suiones is unknown, but Norse mythology presents a long line of legendary and semi-legendary kings going back to the last centuries BC; as for literacy in Sweden itself, the runic script was in use among the south Scandinavian elite by at least the 2nd century AD, but all that has come down to the present from the Roman Period is curt inscriptions on artefacts of male names, demonstrating th
Jan Johansson (jazz musician)
Jan Johansson was a Swedish jazz pianist. He is little known outside Scandinavia and his records are not available, though Jazz på svenska has sold more than a quarter of a million copies, is the best selling jazz release in Sweden, has been streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify, he was the father of former HammerFall drummer Anders Johansson and Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, who nowadays run Heptagon Records which keeps their father's recordings available. Johansson was a native of Söderhamn, in the Hälsingland province of Sweden. Studying classical piano as a child, he would go on to master the guitar and accordion, before turning on to swing and bebop as a teenager, he met saxophonist Stan Getz while at university. He abandoned his studies to play jazz full-time, worked with many American jazz musicians, becoming the first European to be invited to join the Jazz at the Philharmonic package; the years 1961 to 1968 produced a string of classic albums, which would help define his style of re-imagining traditional European folk tunes via jazz and the avant garde.
These included Jazz på svenska and Jazz på ryska which are both available in an expanded form on CD. Jazz på ungerska together with Danish Jazz violinist Svend Asmussen is the third album in that series. Jazz in Swedish comprises variations on sixteen Swedish folk songs with Georg Riedel playing double bass. During this period, Johansson made several recordings with Radiojazzgruppen; the Grammy award winning albums Musik genom fyra sekler builds on traditional Swedish melodies, but this time uses larger groups of musicians. There were 300.000 and two trio sets, 8 Bitar and Innertrio, which have been reissued as a single CD. With his career including film & TV music, Johansson is best known as the composer of "Here Comes Pippi Longstocking", the theme song of the famous Swedish TV series, Pippi Longstocking. With lyrics by character/series creator Astrid Lindgren and sung by the series' young star Inger Nilsson, it would be one of Johansson's last works. In November 1968 Jan Johansson died in a car crash on his way to a concert in a church in Jönköping, Sweden.
American hip hop group Non Phixion sampled "Bandura" for their song "Skum". The Swedish band Opeth has claimed him as an influence on the title track for their album Heritage. With Svend Asmussen1968: Spelar jazz på ungerska With Radiojazzgruppen1969: Vårdkasar 1970: Frostrosor, with Georg Riedel 1991: Den korta fristen With Alice Babs2007: Illusion, with Georg Riedels OrkesterWith Stan GetzImported from Europe Stan Getz at Large 2011: Stan Getz At Nalen With Oscar Pettiford My Little Cello Official website A useful guide to buying Johansson issues and reissues on CD. AllMusic guide entry Official YouTube channel
Oscar Fredrick Dronjak is a Swedish guitarist and founder of the heavy metal band HammerFall. Prior to the success of HammerFall, he played and released albums with the death metal acts Ceremonial Oath and Crystal Age. Dronjak was born in the Swedish town of Mölndal to a Serbian father from Belgrade and a Swedish mother, his first instrument was the recorder. Soon after, he started his first band, called The Hippie Killers. In 1989 he started a death metal band called Desecrator, renamed Ceremonial Oath, but just before they released their first album, he quit the band. The end of his career in Ceremonial Oath was the beginning of Hammerfall. At first, Oscar's main priority was the death metal band Crystal Age. Thus, Hammerfall was merely a side project, where he and some friends were just rehearsing some songs that he had written, one of them being "Steel Meets Steel", but soon, they recorded their first album, called Glory to the Brave. Throughout his career, Oscar has been using Jackson guitars, most notably the Jackson Randy Rhoads, but ESP Guitars and Washburn.
Since 2014, he plays Sandberg Guitars, with the hammer guitar as a special attraction. He performed backing vocals for three In Flames albums: Lunar Strain and The Jester Race. Official Myspace
Karl Pontus Norgren is the current guitarist of the Swedish power metal band HammerFall and played guitar for The Poodles. Norgren replaced former HammerFall guitarist Stefan Elmgren, who decided to focus on his career as a pilot. Norgren was contacted by Joacim Cans, HammerFall's singer, who asked him if he knew a good guitarist. Being a fan of HammerFall's music and desiring to play a heavier style of music than that of The Poodles, Norgren suggested himself. HammerFall asserts that they are happy with Norgren as a band member. Norgren played with bands including Great King Rat, Humanimal, The Ring, Zan Clan, he served as live sound engineer for Thin Lizzy during the band's 2000 tour serving Europe and Yngwie J. Malmsteen, he joined The German Panzer as one of the groups 2nd guitarists. Great King Rat Out of the Can Heavenly Creatures Truth "Crazy" CD single from Truth Live at Sweden Rock Festival Damage Done Find My Way Home EP Humanimal Holding On EP Live at The Gods 2.002 Tales from Midgard Glory Thy Name We Are Zan Clan...
Who the F**K Are You??! Metal Will Stand Tall Sweet Trade"Night of Passion" "Metal Will Stand Tall" feat. Tess Merkel "Song for You" "Seven Seas" feat. Peter Stormare "Line of Fire" feat. E-Type "Raise the Banner" Sweden's official song for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games As Yet Untitled No Sacrifice, No Victory Infected Evolution Built to Last Various Artists - Musically Correct III: The Eagle Has Landed "Brand New Start" from Damage Done House of Shakira - III guitar solo on "In Your Head" Locomotive Breath - Heavy Machinery guitar solo on "The Adventures of Zaphod Beeblebrox" Various Artists - United: Where Is the Fire DVD Talisman - 7 guest guitarist on "Final Curtain" Tomas Bergsten's Fantasy - Nightwalker guitar solo on "In Eternity" Human Clay - U4Ia Four Sticks - Electric Celebration engineer, mixing House of Shakira - Lint mixing House of Shakira - On the Verge mixing Southpaw - Southpaw Clockwise - Naîve engineer Jekyll-and-Hyde - Heavenly Creatures engineer Great King Rat - Out of the Can producer, mixing Gaeleri - Still Here... co-producer, engineer Pontus Norgren - Damage Done producer House of Shakira - III engineer, mixing House of Shakira - Live + live sound engineer Humanimal - Find My Way Home EP co-producer, engineer Humanimal - Humanimal co-producer, engineer Mercury Fang - Liquid Sunshine producer, mixing The Ring - Tales from Midgard producer, mixing, mastering Candlemass – Candlemass producer, mixing Doogie White - As Yet Untitled producer, mixing Last Autumn's Dream - Hunting Shadows mixing, mastering Impulsia - Expressions co-producer, engineer Rough Diamond - Stories from the Old Days mixing Hammerfall MySpace Hammerfall Official Fanclub Pontus Norgren - Official Website The Poodles - Official Website